USA Network and Amazon’s Prime Video network recently teamed up to turn the popular The Purge films into a 10-episode series. As a big pan of The Purge franchise, I was definitely excited when I head this news. But would the series be able to live up to the thrilling films? To some degree, I think this new series might even be better than the films.
The Purge series does something that helps make it an instant success: it doesn’t borrow characters or storylines from the films but rather crafts strong and relatable new ones that offer up new perspectives. Two of the core storylines revolve around a woman and her husband looking for funding to help the homeless on purge night and a young man trying to prevent his sister from being killed.
The series offers up some new ways that purgers can get their purge on too. In a pivotal scene featuring in many of the promotional materials, the owner of a car dealership runs a live competition show (on the equivalent to YouTube Live) wherein he makes victims compete for their lives…death is the risk and a brand new car is the grand prize if you can survive to the finish line.
One of the reasons that The Purge franchise is so popular is that it is a thriller/horror blend that requires strong characters with strong storylines to be effective. Therefore, strong performances have always been a very important part of The Purge. This series does not disappoint in the performance department.I'm reading a review of @PrimeVideo's The Purge series on @Yeahflix. Click To Tweet
Special Effects & Budget
It’s undeniable that if you’re looking for the big-budget effects and stunts, then the films will wow you a lot more than this series will. Many of the violent crimes happen through the gaze of night goggles in a way that resembles a scene from your favourite video game (a common way to have that “stunts” look on a low budget). Overall, being a viewer who appreciates story and acting over big-budget stunts, the lack of bells and whistles don’t bother me since the story, script, and visuals are so strong.
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Matkai's Review of The Purge (Series)
The Purge works extremely well as an episodic series and lends itself to an ever-changing array of characters, themes, and storylines. The acting is strong, the screenplay is well-crafted and despite the lower-quality special effects, it is definitely an entertaining and thought-provoking watch. I absolutely recommend this series to any lover of crime, thriller, or social commentary films.
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